Maneka Gandhi, the Women and Child Development Minister of India, on the 18th of April, filed her nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Sultanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Maneka Gandhi filed her nomination papers after the completion of her 48 hour ban. The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued a notice to Maneka Gandhi and banned her from campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections for 48 hours as she violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC.)
Ms. Gandhi, who represents the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP,) was accompanied by 4 BJP lawmakers and Sanjay Nishad, the President of the Nishad Party, for the submission of her papers. Ms. Gandhi addressed a grand roadshow before filing her nomination.
Ms. Gandhi submitted her nomination papers to the Returning Officer (RO) of the Sultanpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Ms. Gandhi will contest against Sonu Singh, the MP candidate of the grand alliance of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP,) as well as Dr. Sanjay Singh, the MP candidate of the Indian National Congress (INC.)
The last date for filing nominations in Lucknow is the 19th of April.
Varun Gandhi, the son of Maneka Gandhi, is the current MP of Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh, whereas Ms. Gandhi is the sitting MP of Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh will contest a total of 80 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, divided into 7 phases. Out of the 80 seats, the State contested 10 and 8 seats on the 11th of April and the 18th of April respectively, in the 1st and 2nd phases of the elections. The polling for the remaining 62 seats will be conducted in 5 phases, scheduled on the 23rd of April, 29th of April, 6th of May, 12th of May and the 19th of May 2019.
The major parties contesting the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections are the INC the BJP and the grand alliance of the BSP and the SP.
The results of the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections will be announced on the 23rd of May 2019.
Stay tuned for further updates about the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha elections.